By Office of the Chief of Public AffairsNovember 16, 2014
The Secretary of Defense has approved the mobilization of Army National Guard and Army Reserve units from 12 states in support of Operation United Assistance. The units identified below will deploy as part of the second rotation of OUA forces in spring 2015 as part of a joint and interagency team supporting the lead federal agency, USAID, as we collectively respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
The October 2014 Executive Order authorizing the mobilization of Selected Reserve and Individual Ready Reserve Members in support of Operation United Assistance gave the National Guard Bureau and Army Reserve advanced notification to prepare units and personnel for a possible deployment.
Mobilizing Army National Guard units include:
34th Infantry Division Headquarters, Minnesota Army National Guard
16th Engineer Brigade Headquarters, Ohio Army National Guard
223rd Military Intelligence Battalion (Linguist Detachment), California Army National Guard
272nd Engineer Company (Vertical Construction), Texas Army National Guard
294th Area Support Medical Company, Iowa Army National Guard
891st Engineer Battalion, Kansas Army National Guard
Mobilizing United States Army Reserve units include:
96th Sustainment Brigade -- Salt Lake City, Utah; and Denver, Colorado
313th Movement Control Battalion -- Baltimore, Maryland
324th Fire Fighting Detachment -- Granite City, Illinois
324th Expeditionary Signal Battalion -- East Point, Georgia
329th Survey and Design Team -- Saint Joseph, Minnesota
387th Medical Logistics Company -- Miami, Florida
398th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion -- Rockville, Maryland
452nd Preventative Medicine Team -- Miami, Florida
996th Horizontal Engineer Company -- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
B Company, 412th Civil Affairs Battalion -- Columbus, Ohio
These reserve component units were selected based on their capabilities and ability to respond to the unique demands of the mission, and were done in consultation with the Chief, National Guard Bureau, and the Chief, Army Reserve. These units will mobilize under the authority of 10 USC 12304.
DOD will continue to announce major deployments as they are approved. For more information on these respective deployments, contact Lt. Col. Robert Ditchey, 703-607-2582, National Guard Bureau Public Affairs; or Lt. Col. William Ritter, 910-570-8346, U.S. Army Reserve Public Affairs.